The Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Products (RAPEX)

RAPEX - Weekly overview report of notifications

week 10 - 2011

Level Type No.
Ref.
Notifying country Product Risk Measures adopted by notifying country Products were found and measures were taken also in:
Serious risk Consumer products

1
0207/11

Greece

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car Grand C-Max

Brand: FORD

Name:

Type/number of model: Passengers’ cars, model Grand C-Max (Recall Ref: 1U365)

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The recall concerns vehicles produced in Valencia (Spain) between 01.03.2010 and 14.01.2011.

Country of origin: Spain

No pictures are available

Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because it is possible that the seat latch mechanism can be damaged if the seat back is repeatedly slammed to a folded position. If significant damage has occurred there is a possibility that the seat can be forced to a reclined position without lifting the release lever.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective action.  

Ireland,
Denmark,
Finland,
Hungary,
Slovenia,
Bulgaria,
Sweden,
Poland,
The Netherlands  

Serious risk Consumer products

2
0208/11

Germany

Category: Toys

Product: Expanding toys

a) Expanding toy "Badespaß auf dem Bauernhof" "Instant Farm"

b) Expanding toy "Badespaß mit Insekten" "Instant Insects" Badespaß mit Meerestieren "Instant Sealife"

Brand: Instant Products

Name:

Type/number of model:

a) GTIN (EAN) Nos 0508570011186 and 050857001125

b) GTIN (EAN) Nos 0508570011254 and 050857001115

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Sponges (in figure shapes) pressed into gelatinous capsules, each in a transparent outer package with three holes. According to the packaging, the entire product should be immersed in warm water until the figures have expanded fully (the gelatinous capsules dissolve). It is also stated that the product should be used only under the supervision of an adult.

Country of origin: United States


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Injuries

The products pose a risk of injuries because the small capsules can be taken out of the packaging and swallowed by children. As they expand, they can cause fatal occlusion of the digestive system of small children.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers by the retailer.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

3
0209/11

Germany

Category: Cosmetics

Product: Fitness gel Pflege & Fitnessgel - Aloe Vera

Brand: Regina

Name:

Type/number of model: EAN-Code: 4068400011251 / Production date: 03/09-02, best-before date: 09/11 (Art No 1125).

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: White, plastic, screw-top container with a green label, containing homogeneous gel.

Country of origin: Turkey


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Microbiological

The product poses a microbiological risk because it contains Burkholderia cepacia. Aerobic colony count (CFU/g): 4.1-5.2 x 105.

The product does not comply with the Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall from consumers by the importer.  

Austria,
Estonia,
Slovenia  

Serious risk Consumer products

4
0210/11

France

Category: Toys

Product: Lollipop with gadget

Brand: Two to One

Name:

Type/number of model: Bar code: 8 410576 008744 Batch code: L200-216 BBD: 08-2012

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Lollipop with a base terminating in a detachable stopper and containing a gadget (key ring).

Country of origin: Spain


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because the stopper on the base and key ring can be easily detached and swallowed.

The product does not comply with the Toys Directive and with the relevant European standard EN 71.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

5
0211/11

Italy

Category: Other

Product: Silly string Maxi Stelle Filanti

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: Barcode 8027451300796

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Red 120ml spray can of silly string with a blue cap, writing in various colours and a picture of a child with silly string. The can bears the CE logo and the pictogram denoting a product unsuitable for children under three, indicating that this article is being sold as a toy. Warnings and instructions also appear on the spray can. The following dates are printed on the bottom of the spray can: 2008.09.15- 2010. 09.15. The labelling on the spray can does not make any reference to flammability.

Country of origin: China


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Fire

The product poses a risk of fire because the product is extremely flammable and it should not be marketed as a toy.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

6
0212/11

France

Category: Cosmetics

Product: Skin lightening cream

Brand: VIT’FEE

Name:

Type/number of model: Batch No CVF D23 NAFDAC 02 5651

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: White plastic jar with pink stopper - 500 ml

Country of origin: Ivory Coast


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 5.8% of hydroquinone, which can pose a threat to health if applied to a large area over a long period of time. 

The product does not comply with the Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC.

Compulsory measures: Seizure of the product ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

7
0213/11

France

Category: Cosmetics

Product: Skin-lightening lotion

Brand: VIT’FEE

Name:

Type/number of model: Batch No LVF E25

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: White plastic bottle with pink stopper - 500 ml.

Country of origin: Ivory Coast


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 5.6 % of hydroquinone, which can pose a threat to health if applied to a large area over a long period of time. 

The product does not comply with the Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC.

Compulsory measures: Seizure of the product ordered by the authorities.  

Portugal  

Serious risk Consumer products

8
0214/11

France

Category: Food-imitating products

Product: Decorative branch with berries

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: Bar code 5706207670217

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Decorative branch with leaves and berries of varying sizes in the colours light red and dark red.

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The product poses a risk of chocking, because this decorative arrangement, in the form of a wreath to be placed on a table, includes imitation red berries that may be easily detached and mistaken for real fruit.

The product does not comply with the Directive 87/357/EEC on products which, appearing to be other than they are, endanger the health or safety of consumers.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and sales ban.  

Austria  

Serious risk Consumer products

9
0215/11

Germany

Category: Toys

Product: Toy laser gun

Brand: Combat Force

Name:

Type/number of model: Serial No: QX138-1; Type: illegible (Chinese)

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Laser gun toy in black/brown plastic, AA battery-powered. Cardboard packaging: 42 x 23 cm.

Country of origin: China


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Damage to sight

The product poses a risk of damage to sight (burning of the cornea) because it incorporates a Class 3 laser (output power 4,5 mW).

The product does not comply with the Toys Directive.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

10
0216/11

Portugal

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car RX

Brand: Lexus

Name:

Type/number of model: RX300, RX330, RX350 and RX400h. Years: 2003 – 2006; left hand drive models. VIN range of affected vehicles is attached.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Passenger car

Country of origin: Japan

No pictures are available

Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because on the affected vehicles, if the forward retention clip, used to secure the floor carpet cover located in front of the centre console, is not installed properly, the cover may lean sideways and interfere with the accelerator pedal. If this occurs, the accelerator pedal may temporarily become stuck in a partially depressed position when returning to the idle position.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective action taken by the manufacturer.  

Bulgaria,
Germany,
Iceland,
Denmark,
Estonia,
Greece,
Ireland,
Hungary,
Slovenia,
Spain,
Sweden,
The Netherlands  

Serious risk Consumer products

11
0217/11

Sweden

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Snowmobiles

Brand: Arctic Cat

Name:

Type/number of model: Arctic Cat model Z1, TZ1, F, Bearcat, M and CF. Model year 2010

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Arctic Cat snowmobiles in variations of colour and model features. The model name is indicated on the side of vehicle, in the registration materials and owner’s manual.

Country of origin: United States


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because the front lower suspension arm can crack during use which could lead to loss of control.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective action.  

Finland,
Slovenia  

Serious risk Consumer products

12
0218/11

Malta

Category: Lighting equipment

Product: Rechargeable emergency light "Rechargeable High-bright and Saving-energy Automatic Emergency Lamp"

Brand: Yuqiang

Name:

Type/number of model: YQ-198

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Rechargeable light with a white body, incorporating LED's. Supplied with a cable to connect to the mains.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because the façade can easily come off the body exposing live parts that could be touched.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary stop of sales and withdrawal from the market by the importer.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

13
0219/11

Spain

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Knitted jacket

Brand: NECK & NECK

Name:

Type/number of model: Model 10I11504 (size 12 months, 68-76 cm)

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The product in question is a brown jacket with pompoms. It has a cardboard label indicating on one side: NECK≠CK. Junior&Baby. On the other side, the label includes the indication: 10I11504. SIZE: 12 M. COLOUR: 56. There is also a label sewn to the garment indicating, among other things: "NECK≠CK. T-12M. 68-76CM".

Country of origin: Bangladesh


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Strangulation

The product poses a risk of strangulation because it has functional cords with pompoms at the end to close the garment at the neck.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14682.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

14
0220/11

France

Category: Hobby/sports equipment

Product: Laser sight for air gun "Ensemble Compact, Lampe & Laser"

Brand: Swiss Arms

Name:

Type/number of model: Ref.: 263859

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Optical aiming device, incorporating a lamp and a laser pointer, to be attached to a replica gun, operating on two 3V batteries.

Country of origin: China


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Damage to sight

The product poses a risk of damage to sight because:

- it incorporates a class 3R laser,

- it does not have the required indications and warnings for a laser device of this class.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 60825.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers.  

Ireland,
Slovenia,
Denmark,
Belgium  

Serious risk Consumer products

15
0221/11

United Kingdom

Category: Other

Product: Electronic cigarette kit "Lit Smokes"

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode: 4 607014 056847

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Electronic cigarette kit comprised: a charging box, which also serves to store the atomizer, battery and nicotine capsules; a USB cord set, which enables the battery to be linked to a USB outlet for recharging; and a US to UK travel adaptor. The charging box has retractable pins for direct mounting onto socket outlet.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock,
Health risk / other

The product poses a risk of electric shock because the travel adaptor supplied does not have correctly sized pins, does not have a fuse fitted, and is not fitted with shutters to screen the socket contacts.

In addition, the product poses a health risk: specifically the risk of consumers and particularly children having skin contact or swallowing nicotine soaked cartridges. The declarations on the product claim that the nicotine content is ‘Super High’, but risk phrases and tactile warnings are absent. In addition to this, the product does not bear any specific warnings about the dangers posed to users, maximum dosage, or any information about the potential danger to children from using the product.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant national standard BS 1363.

Compulsory measures: Seizure of the product ordered by the authorities.  

United Kingdom  

Serious risk Consumer products

16
0222/11

Portugal

Category: Cosmetics

Product: Nail polish "Esmalte Dote Cremoso; - Esmalte Dote Cintilante; - Esmalte Dote Glitter; - Esmalte Dote Fortalecedor; - Esmalte Dote Incolor; e - Esmalte Dote Transparente"

Brand: Dote.

Name:

Type/number of model: All batches.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Nail polishes of different colours; Volume 8 ml.

Country of origin: Brazil


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Chemical

The products pose a chemical risk because they contain the ingredient Dibutyl phthalate, as declared on the label, the use of which is prohibited in cosmetics and personal hygiene products.

The product does not comply with the Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC.

Compulsory measures: Stop of sales and withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

17
0223/11

Greece

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car Corsa D

Brand: Opel

Name:

Type/number of model: The recall concerns 2011 and 2012 model year Corsa D vehicles, with VINs from B 4 185570 to C 4 000027.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Passenger car

Country of origin: Spain

No pictures are available

Injuries

The passenger airbag cover may become loose or detached from the instrument panel if the airbag is deployed.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective action taken by the manufacturer.  

Germany,
Denmark,
Hungary,
Slovenia,
Bulgaria,
Spain,
The Netherlands,
Portugal  

Serious risk Consumer products

18
0224/11

United Kingdom

Category: Other

Product: Electronic cigarette kit E-Health Cigarette

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: Not known

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Electronic cigarette kit comprising: a battery and atomiser in the form of a cigarette, two USB cords sets, which enables the battery to be linked to a USB outlet for recharging; a 12 V car plug with USB outlet, which enables the battery to be charged from a power socket in a vehicle; and an AC/DC adaptor with a USB output, which enables the battery to be recharged from a mains supply.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock,
Health risk / other

The travel adaptor supplied with the product poses a risk of electric shock because:

- the internal insulation between the input and output circuits is not sufficient;

- the internal connections rely upon solder to maintain their position;

- the pins are inadequately sized.

In addition, the product poses a health risk: specifically the risk of consumers and particularly children having skin contact or swallowing nicotine soaked cartridges. The declarations on the product claim that the nicotine content is ‘Super High’, but risk phrases and tactile warnings are absent. In addition to this, the product does not bear any specific warnings about the dangers posed to users, maximum dosage, or any information about the potential danger to children from using the product.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60950 and the relevant national standard BS 1363.

Compulsory measures: Seizure of the product ordered by the authorities.  

Portugal,
Czech Republic,
Italy  

Serious risk Consumer products

19
0225/11

Romania

Category: Kitchen/cooking accessories

Product: Vegetable cutter

Brand: Kaufland

Name:

Type/number of model: Type: EAN 4300175834667

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The vegetable cutter is black coloured and has three interchangeable inserts.

Country of origin: China


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because the small blades on the interchangeable inserts can easily come off and could go into the food being prepared and might consequently be inadvertently swallowed.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers by the distributor.  

Bulgaria  

Serious risk Consumer products

20
0226/11

Slovenia

Category: Gas appliances and components

Product: Gas barbecue

Brand: Landman-Peiga

Name:

Type/number of model: 12372; EAN 4000810123728

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Gas barbecue, gas supply pressure 30 mbar. Appliance is for outdoor use only.

Country of origin: Hungary


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Fire

The product poses a risk of fire because the ignition and cross lighting do not occur smoothly and there are sections on the burner where there is no flame and unburned gas leaks out on to the ground. Accumulated unburned gas on the ground could catch fire or explode leading to injuries of the user of the appliance.

The product does not comply with the Gas Appliances Directive and the relevant European standard EN 498.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities.  

Bulgaria  

Serious risk Consumer products

21
0227/11

Poland

Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Product: Socket adaptor "Przejsciowka Polsko-angielska"

Brand: Bemko

Name:

Type/number of model: DFA-7, EAN: 5908311362037

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: White socket adapter, packed in plastic bag.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because it is possible to insert only one pin of a plug into the adaptor socket, leaving the other pin accessible.

The product does not comply with the relevant standard EN 60884.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

Hungary  

Serious risk Consumer products

22
0228/11

Ireland

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car "Defender"

Brand: Land Rover

Name:

Type/number of model: P022, models manufactured between 2007 and 2011.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Passenger car

Country of origin: United Kingdom

No pictures are available

Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because the parking brake may not hold the vehicle stationary on a gradient as a result of oil contamination from the transfer box to the brake shoes.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective action by the manufacturer.  

Greece,
Denmark,
Slovenia,
Spain,
Bulgaria,
Malta,
Austria,
Lithuania,
Sweden,
United Kingdom,
Portugal,
The Netherlands  

Serious risk Consumer products

23
0229/11

United Kingdom

Category: Toys

Product: Set of toy cars "Super Car"

Brand: Jiamingda

Name:

Type/number of model: Item number 8810A

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: 12 different coloured cars – pull back and go. Blister pack over cardboard backing

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk due to migration of barium from the toy over 1000mg/kg

The product does not comply with the Toys Directive and with the relevant European standard EN 71.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities.